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  1.    06 Apr 2016 #1
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    MD
    Posts : 559
    10 Pro

    monitor & OS


    I bought a Dell monitor about a month ago. It seems to be plug and play but there are no instructions. I read the online manual but it was not a lot of help.
    I mistakenly assumed, as it was new, that it was compatible with Windows 10.
    There were no operating systems listed on or in the box. I just checked out trouble shooting at the Dell site b/c of a very slight flicker or stutter when I open or close a window. It is hardly noticeable and does not always occur.
    I read that this Dell Monitor model is compatible or supports up to 8.1. It lists 7, 8, 8.1 but not 10.
    I guess that means I could not download a driver as I run Windows 10 pro x 64. If I get a new PC I will likely have the same problem.
    I guess they are unloading their old inventory. You would think there would be a list of OS's if they were significant.
    Do you think they make a monitor for Windows 10 specifically , or that 8.1 & 10 work one as good as the other?
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  2.    06 Apr 2016 #2
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Iowa, USA
    Posts : 662
    Windows 10 1703 Pro x64 (Creators Update)

    It doesn't matter about OS, monitors are monitors and work on everything IF they have a VGA, DVI, and/or HDMI, they will work with any OS and any computer with those attachments.
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  3.    06 Apr 2016 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 745
    Windows 7

    There are really no compatibility issues between the OS and monitors. Virtually any monitor will work with any OS. Virtually any monitor built in the 21st century, and many older, will be plug and play and will tell the OS everything it needs to know about it. No special drivers needed. Old plug and play CRT monitors (those that are still working) built long before Windows 10 was conceived will work with no issues.
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  4.    06 Apr 2016 #4
    Join Date : Nov 2013
    Toronto
    Posts : 4,612
    Win 10 Pro x64

    OS has nothing to do with monitors. Like TVs, you can connect a bluray player, an android box, chromecast, a PC, a smartphone or a raspberry pi and it will just work like the way it should.
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  5.    07 Apr 2016 #5
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    MD
    Posts : 559
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    Thread Starter

    I am very glad to hear that as I did not want to exchange this one.
    I was thrown off when the manual said it was made for 7-8.1.
    I always thought it did not matter b/c my daughter gave me a 5 year old monitor once that played till it died.
    Now I still have find why it slightly flickers upper left when closing. I have re seated RAM in pairs, re seated the video card, tested RAM, blown all dust out and set the monitor to factory settings. This is the 2nd monitor of it kind as I thought the flickering was it. So I doubt it is the monitor. Maybe the card is going but it tests OK. Would an ailing hard drive cause this?
    Thank you for confirming the compatibility.
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  6.    07 Apr 2016 #6
    Join Date : Nov 2013
    Toronto
    Posts : 4,612
    Win 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by maranna View Post
    I am very glad to hear that as I did not want to exchange this one.
    I was thrown off when the manual said it was made for 7-8.1.
    I always thought it did not matter b/c my daughter gave me a 5 year old monitor once that played till it died.
    Now I still have find why it slightly flickers upper left when closing. I have re seated RAM in pairs, re seated the video card, tested RAM, blown all dust out and set the monitor to factory settings. This is the 2nd monitor of it kind as I thought the flickering was it. So I doubt it is the monitor. Maybe the card is going but it tests OK. Would an ailing hard drive cause this?
    Thank you for confirming the compatibility.


    If you have a 2nd PC, try testing your new monitor with it. Or try a different cable. If it has the same issue, it probably is defective.
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  7.    07 Apr 2016 #7
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    MD
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    Thread Starter

    When you say defective, are you referring to the monitor? I have tried new cables. This is the second exact monitor and most techs have agreed it is likely not the monitor. Two of the same in a row would be a rather large coincidence and it has passed all diagnostics..
    I may remove my card and run in on board environment.
    How sure are you the monitor is defective? I am open to all opinions.
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  8.    07 Apr 2016 #8
    Join Date : Nov 2013
    Toronto
    Posts : 4,612
    Win 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by maranna View Post
    When you say defective, are you referring to the monitor? I have tried new cables. This is the second exact monitor and most techs have agreed it is likely not the monitor. Two of the same in a row would be a rather large coincidence.
    I may remove my card and run in on board environment.
    How sure are you the monitor is defective?
    I didn't say I am "sure" the monitor is defective. I recommended some tests for you to try that may suggest if the monitor is defective or not.
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  9.    07 Apr 2016 #9
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    Thanks badrobot, I will continue to see what I can find out. The very slight flickering is not enough to warrant big changes but if a tweak helped it would be nice.
    The trouble is I am running out of ideas.
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  10.    08 Apr 2016 #10
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    MD
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    Thread Starter

    I just checked devices and printers in the control panel and it says the monitor in analog.
    Is this a conflict with VGA and will it be with DVI should I upgrade the PC?
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